Managing the Transition: Clarifying, designing and presenting your career after the PhD

  • How to make that decision about what to do – and where to do it – after the PhD?
  • How to understand what you offer on the employment market?
  • How to present your experience as a PhD in terms non-academic employers will understand?

This workshop provides participants with the tools to approach and manage their individual career development as they complete and move beyond their PhD. It is aimed at doctoral candidates, no matter what their career goals, to help them consider their options and make the transition as they move out of the doctoral phase. The workshop entails careful reflection by each participant to build their personal portfolio; taking stock of their experience and interests, and of employment opportunities, in order to clarify the direction they would like to take. With the foundations of their portfolio completed, participants will then have the opportunity to re-present their potential and translate their experience in the various forms used in recruitment processes: CVs, cover letters, online profiles, interview responses and pitches. The creation of a personal portfolio alongside this presentation media is aimed at providing participants with the tools to help them manage their own careers, in the short term as they transition out of the PhD, and in the long term of their professional future.

Learning objectives    

By the end of this workshop a participant will:

  • Understand and be able to use the “portfolio” approach to career development: identifying the skills, knowledge, motivations and interests that mark their experience to date.
  • Use that portfolio to plot their career path in terms of the type and environment of work they would like to develop towards and within.
  • Better understand employers’ expectations and needs, and how to express their existing experience in terms non-academic employers will understand.
Instructor     Dr. Verity Elston, Portfolio Formation Sàrl
Target participants     PhD candidates of all disciplines
Language     English

Two days

Dates     3 June 2020
17 June 2020
Canceling deadline    

13 May 2020 23:59



Contact person     Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credit     1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)